BHS Begins Installation of World's Largest Recycling Facility in San Jose

BHS has begun Installation of an extensive multi-material processing system at Republic Services' Newby Island Material Recovery Facility and Composting Operation in California.

23 April 2012

Eugene, Oregon based recycling systems manufacturer Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has begun installation on one of the world's largest multi-material processing systems at the Newby Island Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and Composting Operation in San Jose, California, owned by Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG).

BHS said that the system will process 110 tons (100 tonnes) per hour of commercial material from the City of San Jose, recovering all recyclables and utilising organic material as feedstock for further waste to energy processing - allowing the city to meet its progressive diversion goals.

In addition, the system includes capacity for up to 120,000 tons (109,000 tonnes) per year of residential single-stream material.

According to the company installation of the system began earlier this year at the facility, which it said is considered to be the largest and most extensive multi-line processing system in the world. Operations are due to start later this year.

BHS said that the highly-automated system incorporates the world's most advanced screening, optical, and air separation technologies and is designed to maximise the recovery of marketable commodities and dramatically reduce the material going to landfill in San Jose.

The system consists of four processing lines: a residential single-stream line, a commercial single-stream line, a commercial dry recyclables line and a commercial wet recyclables line. The system also features a glass clean up system and a shared container line with seven optical sorting units.

The company expects the recovery rate to exceed 75% on the commercial lines and 95% on the residential single-stream line.

Mark Buntjer, Northern California Recovery and Recycling General Manager at Republic commented: "This facility is the first and largest of its kind and we're excited to be at the forefront of the industry, setting the pace globally for multi-material recovery."

Steve Miller, BHS CEO added: "It truly is the first of its kind and is a fantastic example of how the scope of our industry is expanding to recover materials from a wide variety of waste streams."